VMware takes stake in Terremark
I have been crazily, insanely busy, and my frequency of blog posting has suffered for it. On the plus side, I’ve been busy because a huge number of people — users, vendors, investors — want to talk about cloud.
I’ve seen enough questions about VMware investing $20 million in Terremark that I figured I’d write a quick take, though.
Terremark is a close VMware partner (and their service provider of the year for 2008). Data Return (acquired by Terremark in 2007) was the first to have a significant VMware-based utility hosting offering, dating all the way back to 2005. Terremark has since also gotten good traction with its VMware-based Enterprise Cloud offering, which is a virtual data center service. However, Terremark is not just a hosting/cloud provider; it also does carrier-neutral colocation. It has been sinking capital into data center builds, so an external infusion, particularly one directed specifically at funding the cloud-related engineering efforts, is probably welcome.
Terremark has been the leading-edge service provider for VMware-based on-demand infrastructure. It is to VMware’s advantage to get service providers to use its cutting-edge stuff, particularly the upcoming vCloud, as soon as possible, so giving Terremark money to accelerate its cloud plans is a perfectly good tactical move. I don’t think it’s necessary to read any big strategic message into this investment, although undoubtedly it’s interesting to contemplate.
Posted on May 27, 2009, in Infrastructure and tagged cloud, hosting, TMRK, VMW. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
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